Professor Gordana Fontana-Giusti

Associate Dean: Graduate Studies
CHASE Kent Academic Lead
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design


Qualifications: PhD, MArch, Dip Arch, FRSA

Gordana Fontana-Giusti is an architect, theoretician and urban designer engaged in promoting arts and humanities for contemporary sustainable urban environments.

Fontana-Giusti is the Professor of Architecture and Urban Regeneration and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Humanities where she is the academic lead for CHASE – AHRC Consortium of Arts and Humanities of South East of England (

She began her career at the Architectural Association, London (1986-2000), where she completed her doctorate and was involved in running of the Histories and Theories Programme.  She took part in setting up of the London Consortium Doctoral Programme - comprising the AA, Tate, Birkbeck College, British Film Institute and the ICA (1994-2000).

Fontana-Giusti led the urban design unit at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London (2004-07) where she coordinated Agora Cities for People - the FP5 European Commission research project in urban design.

Fontana-Giusti is the author of the Complete Works of Zaha Hadid (with Patrik Schumacher 2004, Thames & Hudson), Foucault for Architects(2013, Routledge) and co-editor and author of Scale: Imagination, perception and practice in architecture(2011, Routledge). Her scholarly articles have been published in AA-Files, ARQ, The Journal of Architecture, Architecture and Culture etc.

Fontana-Giusti lectured widely in the UK and abroad and has been involved in collaborative regeneration and urban design projects in Beijing organised by the Architectural Society of China.

Professor Fontana-Giusti has lectured at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, UNESCO Paris, UIA Istanbul, Walk 21 Zurich, and at universities in Utrecht, Barcelona, Novi Sad and others. 

Her recent research involves study of spaces in maps, prints and drawings and their role in the formation of urban and landscape design. This included the exhibition on Christopher Packe’s Philosophico-Chorographic Chart of East Kent held in Canterbury Cathedral as part of Questions of Space (June 2016) and a book chapter on Albrecht Dürer and Venice published in the volume on Architecture and the Unconscious (2016, Ashgate).  

Fontana-Giusti is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and actively collaborates with institutions such as the British Library, RIBA, V&A, Canterbury Heritage Museum, Canterbury Cathedral, Turner Contemporary and others.

Fontana-Giusti has supervised many PhD students and welcomes candidates with interest in contemporary architectural theory; architecture’s relationship to philosophy; art and architecture; technologies of art and architectural representation including the digital; history of architectural drawings; sustainable urban design and regeneration, ecological urbanism, psychological and social sustainability, theatre and architecture, public spaces, water and cities.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary architectural theory
  • Architecture’s relationship to philosophy
  • Art and architecture
  • Technologies of art and architectural representation
  • History of architectural drawings
  • Sustainable urban design and regeneration
  • Ecological urbanism
  • Psychological and social sustainability
  • Architecture and theatre
  • Public spaces
  • Water and cities
  • AHRA representative, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent
  • Member of KIASH Steering Committee
  • Member of SILBA Societe Leon Battista Alberti, Paris
  • AA London
  • Visiting Professor - PhD in Architecture - Technical University, Novi Sad

Current project include:

  • Designing Cities for People - A monograph in urban design
  • The role of theatre drama in urban design
  • The relationship of water and cities

Conferences and invited lectures

  • 2013 November: AHRA The 10th Annual Conference of the AHRA, hosted by the University of the West of England, Bristol, Paper: 'Transgression and Le Corbusier's Journey to the East'
  • 2013 April: Sino-UK Higher Education Symposium on Architecture, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University Beijing, Paper: 'Designing for the Regeneration of Industrial Heritage areas – the Importance of Urban Dynamism and Mobility'
  • 2013 February, Royal College of Arts, London, public lecture on 'Leon Battista Alberti: Walls, Walling and the City'
  • 2012 November: ‘Paradox of Dissidence’, 9th International AHRA Architecture Humanities Research Association Annual Conference hosted by the London Metropolitan University, Paper: ‘Bogdan Bogdanović - Dissident in Architecture, Dissident in Life'
  • 2010 November: ‘Scale’ 7th International AHRA Architecture Humanities Research Association Annual Conference, Hosted by the University of Kent Conference. Organiser (with Dr G. Adler and Dr T. Brittain-Catlin) Paper: ‘The Role of Drawings and Prints by Wenceslaus Hollar in the Rebuilding of London’
  • 2009 September: Politics of Space, CAPPE Conference, University of Brighton. Paper: 'The Role of Walls in the Politics of City Space'
  • 2009 May: Annual Renaissance Colloquium, Canterbury Cathedral Library and Canterbury Christ Church University. Paper: 'On the Early Writings of Leon Battista Alberti'
  • 2008 November:  Agency - AHRA Architectural Humanities Research Association Annual Conference University of Sheffield Paper: Registering the Urban Drama - an Agency of Urban Design
  • 2008 September: Cultural Memory: Forgetting to Remember / Remembering to Forget, organised by KIASH -Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities University of Kent Paper: Designing Cities for Memory
  • 2008 March: City in Film International Conference Liverpools Urban Landscape and the Moving Image University of Liverpool, Liverpool the European Capital of Culture Paper: Avant-Garde Film and Its Role in Understanding the Space of the City
  • 2008 February: London College of Communication Presentation for the MA students in Film and Photography Symposium on the Regeneration of Elephant and Castle Paper: Photography and Regeneration
  • 2007 July: Quality Conference International conference on quality in architecture University of Cardiff Paper: Urban Strolling as the Measure of Quality
  • 2007 February: Cityscape 2007 London, Earls Court Interdisciplinary Conference on Cityscape Paper: The Roles of the Arts in Urban Development
  • 2007 June: Urban Design - Context Analysis - Elephant and Castle Presentation to MA students in Photography
  • 2006 March: 1st Symposium on Waterfronts in the Danube Region. Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro Paper: Cities, Water and Signification
  • 2005 December: 'Water and Civilization' IWHA Conference UNESCO Paris Paper: Cities, Water and Identity
  • 2005 September: Walk 21 International Conference, Zurich Paper: Mapping the Experience of the Walker: a Spatio-Dynamic Method of Designing a Responsive Environment for the 21 Century . Proceedings on:
  • 2005 June: Congress CATH 2005 University of Leeds The Ethics and Politics of Virtuality and Indexicality Paper: The status of the categories of the virtual and the real in contemporary architecture and urban design
  • 2005 July: UIA World Congress of Architects Istanbul Paper: Public Spaces for the City in the 21century published in the Congress proceedings
  • 2004 October: International CUMULUS Conference in Utrecht Academy of Arts Paper: Urban Choreography within Agora Project


As reviewer/Examiner:

  • Crit panels throughout School (BA and M Arch programmes)


MPhil and PhD Research Seminars – Convenor of weekly research seminars involving reading of theoretical texts, research methodology discussions and presentations by candidates

PhD Supervision

  • Architecture and the Sacred - Lindy Weston
  • On Architectural Drawings and Mountaineering - Anja Nydal
  • Evaluation and the measurement of energy performance - Keith Bothwell

Post-PhD Research supervision:

On Psycho-Social Quality of Dwelling and its Improvements within Urban Context - Beria Bayizitlioglu

As a PhD examiner:

  • A PhD Examiner for European PHD degree Politecnico, Turin, Italy



Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository


  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2016). The Landscape of the Mind: A Conversation with Bernard Tschumi. Architecture and Culture [Online] 4:263-280. Available at:
  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2011). 'Walling and the city: the effects of walls and walling within the city space'. Journal of Architecture [Online] 16:309-345. Available at:
  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. (2007). Urban Strolling as the Measure of Quality. Architectural Research Quaterly [Online] 11:255-264. Available at:

Book section

  • Fontana-Giusti Korolija, G. (2014). Transgression and Ekphrasis in Le Corbusier's Journey to the East. in: Rice, L. and Littlefield, D. eds. Transgression: Towards the Expanded Field in Architecture. London: Routledge, pp. 57-75. Available at:
  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2012). The Urban Language of Early Constantinople: The Changing Roles of the Arts and Architecture in the Formation of the New Capital and the New Consciousness. in: Hathaway, S. L. and Kim, D. W. eds. Intercultural Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean. London: Continuum / Bloomsbury, pp. 165 -203. Available at:
  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2012). The role of small-scale images by Wenceslaus Hollar: the rebuilding of London in the late seventeenth century. in: Adler, G., Brittain-Catlin, T. and Fontana-Giusti, G. eds. Scale: Imagination, Perception and Practice in Architecture. London: Routledge, pp. 21-42. Available at:
  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2008). Avant-Gard Film and Its Role in Understanding the Space of the City. in: Hallam, J. et al. eds. Cities in Film: Architecture, Urban Space and the Moving Image. Liverpool: University of Liverpool.
  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. (2006). Cities, Water and Signification. in: Atanackovic-Jelicic, J. ed. Waterfronts in the Danube Region. Novi Sad, Serbia: Department of Architecture, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia, pp. 94-104.
  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. (2001). Reflections on the Notion of Surface in Contemporary Artchitecture. in: Bocchi, R. ed. Dal volume all'interfaccia / From volume to interface. Venice, Italy: IUAV - Instituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia, pp. 99 -101.


  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2013). Foucault for Architects. Routledge. Available at:

Conference or workshop item

  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. (2005). The Status of the Categories of the Virtual and the Real in Contemporary Architecture and Urban Design. in: CATH 2005 Conference "Ethics and Politics of Virtuality and Indexicality". University of Leeds, Leeds, England. Available at:


  • Fontana-Giusti, G. and Schumacher, P. (2004). Zaha Hadid: The Complete Works. [Online]. Fontana-Giusti, G. and Schumacher, P. eds. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd London /Rizzoli New York. Available at:

Show / exhibition

  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. et al. (2006). Agora - Cities for People - presentation at the 11th World Triennial of Architecture, Interarch '06 Sofia, Bulgaria. [Official Programme]. Available at:
  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. et al. (2006). London Loves the Thames. [Catalogue - London Architecture Biennale]. Available at:

Visual media

  • Fontana-Giusti, R. and Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. (2006). Chan-Chan 2006 - Beach Lodge in LA Libertad Peru. [digital drawings]. Available at:
  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. et al. (2006). London Loves the Thames - Flows and Assemblages - Movie. [film]. Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Edited book

  • Adler, G., Brittain-Catlin, T. and Fontana-Giusti, G. eds. (2012). Scale Imagination, Perception and Practice in Architecture. [Online]. Abingdon: Routledge. Available at:


  • Korolija Fontana-Giusti, G. (2010). Eric Mumford, Defining Urban Design. CIAM Architects and the Formation of a Discipline, 1937–69. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009. Urban History [Online] 37:196-198. Available at:
  • Fontana-Giusti, G. (2010). Ignored by critics. Architectural Research Quaterly [Online] 14:190-191. Available at:
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